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Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Book club ideas, the biopic, and all things Tolkien

On this day each year, March 25, fantasy fans participate in Tolkien Reading Day—an honorary day established in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage fans to celebrate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages. This year, many will engage by re-reading Tolkien-penned favorites, visiting exhibits, and preparing to see the highly anticipated…

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When Book Clubs Meet Authors

By Anna Ford My book club makes a point to attend at least one live author event every year. It’s the highlight of our meeting schedule! We consult our local library’s speaker series to learn about authors coming to town and choose one or two books from that list. Universities and independent bookshops are other…

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Unique Book Clubs in the American Riviera (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

By Robin Hoklotubbe, Book Club Central Project Coordinator The City of Santa Barbara, California is often referred to as “The American Riviera,” with its miles of beautiful coastline, classic Spanish architecture, first-class dining and hotels, and the fact it’s home to one of the famous California Missions (est. 1786). The city also has an active…

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Book Club?

By Susan McBeth, Founder and CEO, NovelNetwork® Ask any librarian who has ever organized a book club meetup for their patrons and they may respond as the nuns did with Maria in The Sound of Music (changing a few choice words of course): How do you solve a problem like a book club? …Many a…

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A Book Club Mixer at the Sedona Public Library

In the past few years, Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village, AZ noticed a decidedly increase in book clubs and interest in book clubs in her library.  So, in 2017 she attended an ALA Annual Conference Session in Chicago about Book Clubs, organized by United for Libraries and Book…

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The Inside Scoop on The San Diego Cookbook Club

Three years ago, a recently retired tech executive in San Diego, CA decided to start a book club that featured cook books, cooking and ladies who cooked. Nine of Mary Lou Battista friends joined in and 3 years later they have over 30 members and meet each month at a different member’s home to share…

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A Discussion Guide for Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Need help with figuring out how to discuss Heartland by Sarah Smarsh with your book club? You’re in luck! Here, we’re featuring a reader’s guide to help you read with SJP and Book Club Central. Click here for Heartland discussion questions.

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Organize Your Book Club

By Anna Ford Why Online Organizational Tools are Effective for Book Clubs Have you ever hosted a book club event that was poorly attended? You read the book, cooked a meal, prepared discussion questions – and no one showed up? Have months gone by with no book club meeting because of calendaring difficulties? Have you read…

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Icebreakers for Your Next (or First!) Meeting

By Mary Morgan Maybe your book group is meeting for the first time, or maybe you’ve had new members join (and others leave), or maybe you just want to inject some fun into your next discussion. Whatever the situation, an icebreaker activity can help! Icebreakers can put members at ease with one another, making them feel…

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Ready, Set, Discuss: She Would Be King

Graywolf Press has put together an extensive She Would Be King discussion guide for your book club meeting about SJP’s newest pick. Touching upon themes of storytelling, relationships, and much more, these questions will incite great conversation. Click for a She Would Be King Discussion Guide. Subscribe to the Read with SJP eNewsletter.

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